Friday, June 5, 2015
EMAS FIELD TRIP FEATURING THE PREHISTORY ON THE OXFORDSHIRE RIDGEWAY
EMAS FIELD TRIP FEATURING THE PREHISTORY
ON THE OXFORDSHIRE RIDGEWAY
Dr Gary Lock, MIFA, FSA
Saturday, 27th June 2015
Some of you attended Dr Gary Lock’s lecture on “Living with the White Horse” a few months ago and Dr Lock has very kindly agreed to be our guide for a field trip featuring some of the places he mentioned in his lecture. These are Uffington Castle hillfort, White Horse Hill, Wayland’s Smithy and the hillfort of Alfred’s Castle.
Dr Gary Lock is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford and he outlines our itinerary as follows:
Uffington Castle, White Horse Hill and Wayland’s Smithy – “This hillfort has extensive views across the Downs and the Vale of the White Horse. It has been shown to date to 700-400BC by excavation. The nearby White Horse is the only known prehisitoric chalk-cut figure. We can talk about its relationship with the hillfort. A 30 minute walk along the ancient Ridgeway path brings us to Wayland’s Smithy, a fine excavated and reconstructed Neolithic megalithic tomb”.
Alfred’s Castle – “In the afternoon a short drive on to the Downs brings us to Ashdown House, a 17th century country house. In the grounds, a 15 minute walk through the woods, stands the hillfort of Alfred’s Castle, a very interesting site that has recently been excavated”.